Blakedown
National Rail
Blakedown railway station.jpg
General information
LocationBlakedown, Wyre Forest
England
Grid referenceSO880787
Managed byWest Midlands Railway
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeBKD
ClassificationDfT category F1
Key dates
1852
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Opened as Churchill
Renamed Churchill and Blakedown
Renamed to current name
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 95,164
2017/18Increase 111,770
2018/19Decrease 97,242
2019/20Increase 99,500
2020/21Decrease 38,914
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Blakedown railway station serves the English village of Blakedown, Worcestershire. It was opened (as Churchill station) in 1852, later becoming known for a time as Churchill & Blakedown after the two villages became a single parish.

The station is unstaffed, with only a basic shelter on each platform. There is a level crossing immediately to the west of the platforms, and in the absence of a footbridge or subway this is also the only method for passengers to cross the tracks.

The platforms were lengthened in the 1990s to allow longer trains to call (see image - the hollow space and the white fence mark the extension). This is because Blakedown is within the Birmingham commuter band and over the twenty years between 1998 - 2018 usage of the station has increased by 147%. Currently there is a proposal to develop a car park on an adjacent field site to cater for further anticipated growth.[1]

Since August 2012 the signalling system has been altered, with the former signal box having been closed and control of the nearby crossing and signals transferred to the West Midlands SCC at Saltley. The old signal box was then acquired by the Churchill and Blakedown Historical Society for their headquarters and was shifted across the road to a site adjoining the station in 2016.[2]

Services

One Chiltern Railways Kidderminster-London service per weekday calls at Blakedown, at 08:13, as of the 2017 timetable.

Since 2017, trains run every 30 minutes each way, with off-peak trains terminating at Kidderminster westbound, and eastbound services running alternately to Dorridge and Whitlocks End. Through services are available to both Worcester stations at peak periods. There is a two-hourly service from the station each way on Sundays, with through trains to and from Worcester.[3]

The shorter station and old signal box in 1983
The shorter station and old signal box in 1983

References

  1. ^ Blakedown station car park options: report for Worcestershire County Council, 27 June 2019
  2. ^ Kidderminster Shuttle, 24 October 2016
  3. ^ Table 71 National Rail timetable, May 2016

Further reading

Preceding station
National Rail
National Rail
Following station
Hagley   West Midlands Railway
Leamington-Worcester
  Kidderminster
Hagley   Chiltern Railways
London-Kidderminster
  Kidderminster

Coordinates: 52°24′22″N 2°10′34″W / 52.406°N 2.176°W / 52.406; -2.176